Joshua Patel On Other Boys NYC

Joshua Patel On Other Boys NYC

Other Boys NYC is an online documentary series that explores the diverse experiences of 50 queer and transgender men of color in New York City.  The series aims to inspire empathy and discussion through taking an intimate look at the intersection of race, sexuality and gender identity through the personal lens of the guys featured on each episode. We were excited to see a familiar face on the most recent

Posted: April 13th, 2017

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SISAK’s New York Debut at NYIFF on May 2nd

SISAK’s New York Debut at NYIFF on May 2nd

Sisak, which we talked about here, will finally have its New York debut at the at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) on May 2nd at 9:15 PM.  Sisak, which is billed as India’s first Silent LGBTQ love story had its world premier on April 4 in Boston is the Official Selection at Thessaloniki International L.G.B.T.Q Film Festival and Playa Pride! in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. And for anyone in Pennsylvania this weekend,

Posted: April 11th, 2017

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Vicks Tugs on Your Heart Strings for Trans Rights in India

Vicks Tugs on Your Heart Strings for Trans Rights in India

Who out there remembers that burning-cooling-gooey salve that provided a bit of comfort from a bad childhood chest cold—especially when lovingly applied by a doting mummy, naani, daado, or auntie? Procter and Gamble, the makers of Vicks VapoRub, teamed up with creative agency Publicis Singapore to launch a groundbreaking ad that celebrates desi motherly love with a queer twist. Steeped in Indian cinematic nostalgia, the ad is inspired by the true story of Gayatri and

Posted: March 31st, 2017

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Celebrate Holi with In Group’s Rang Barse on March 25th

Celebrate Holi with In Group’s Rang Barse on March 25th

Just in time for 65+ degree weather this Saturday, it now feels like the perfect time to celebrate Holi in New York   In Group’s annual “Rang Barse” Holi cruise will be happening this Saturday, March 25th, featuring music by Sholay’s own Ashu Rai and Dholi Mohit.  Rang Barse will once again be held on a ship that will set sail from Pier 40 and holi colors will be provided

Posted: March 19th, 2017

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Sisak—India’s First Silent Gay Short Film Debuts at Boston’s Wicked Queer Fest

Sisak—India’s First Silent Gay Short Film Debuts at Boston’s Wicked Queer Fest

Sisak—India’s first silent LGBT short film will debut at Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival in April. Written & Directed by Faraz Arif Ansari, Sisak follows the story of two men in Mumbai whose eyes meet on their regular train commute.  Burdened with the larger social (and legal) scorn the two are unable to say anything to each other as their love grows in silence. The chemistry between lead actors Jitin Gulati and

Posted: March 18th, 2017

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The Leatherman and His Proud Pakistani Grandparents

The Leatherman and His Proud Pakistani Grandparents

“I couldn’t be the out and proud leatherman I am today without the support of my family.” Ali Mushtaq wrote on Facebook recently, alongside a photo of himself with his grandparents. The 27-year-old Pakistani-American is the current reigning Mr. Long Beach Leather. He’s lived with his grandparents since the age of 11 and came out to them when he was 15.  He started exploring the LA leather scene in college and didn’t  hide

Posted: March 11th, 2017

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Rejected by Indian Censors for “glorifying gay relationships”

Rejected by Indian Censors for “glorifying gay relationships”

“It is official, Mr.Pahalaj Nihalni put the final nail in my coffin,” filmmaker-producer Jayan Cherian posted on his Facebook page in response to a letter received by the Central Board of Film Certification about his queer themed film Ka Bodyscapes. The Indian regional censor board claimed that  “(sic)… the film is glorifying the subject of gay and homosexual relationship, nudity accentuating vital parts of male body (in paintings) in closed shots in

Posted: March 8th, 2017

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Kansas City Star Editorial: Trump Silence is “Disquieting”

Kansas City Star Editorial:  Trump Silence is “Disquieting”

The Kansas City Star has published a searing editorial taking #45 to task for his silence in last week’s shooting of three men in a bar and death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla.   The editorial mentions that the silence is beginning “to verge on something more disquieting”.  Authorities have not yet called the shooting a hate crime, instead saying they are investigating to see if it was motivated by bias. However, witnesses have reported that the shooter hurled racial slurs

Posted: February 27th, 2017

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